(This post was originally posted by Clinkers (David) on the Coronation Street Blog in December 2012.)
We arrive in the twenty first century, one which began in Weatherfield with the clatter of Raquel Watts returning to the cobbles for one night only. It was a sensational decade for the Street in more ways than one but you could always count on Christmas to bring the residents together. Couldn't you?
By 2002, Emily is front and centre of Christmas celebrations. She hosted Norris, Rita, Audrey and Archie. A later visit from Richard Hillman almost cost Emily her life. Elsewhere, Blanche deserted the Barlows and turned up at Emily's for lunch. Unhappy with the throng there, she returned home where, joy oh joy, Tracy showed up.
Poor old Norris wrecked dinner for Emily and Rita in 2003 by forgetting to switch the oven on. Even worse, Betty travelled to 'my Gordon' only to find him gone! She spent Christmas at the Rovers. Blanche, in generous mood, bought number 7 for mum-to-be Tracy. Father-to-be Steve threatened to kill Tracy if she ever mentioned that he is the dad. Oh and Tyrone has a drunken snog with Fiz. To be revisited in nine years time . . .
2005 was the year when Cilla and Yana attempted to deep fry a turkey. Result? One burnt-out chip shop! Mike's health gave cause for concern, especially when he failed to remember that his brother was dead. Vera bought Jack a burial plot for Christmas and Claire's present to Ashley washer announcement that she was pregnant.
There's another memorable Christmas at Gail's home in 2006. Audrey was not only tucking into turkey but also Bill Webster. However, his wife Maureen arrived and managed to destroy a table and a plum pudding within minutes. Over at the Grimshaw's, a young girl dumped a baby on Eileen claiming that it was Jason's. Molly trains Jack and Tyrone to tidy up, much to Vera's surprise. At the Rovers, Steve provided dinner for Ken, Deirdre and Blanche!
Festive punch ups for all at Christmas 2007. Kevin floored John Stape for having a relationship with the ditzy Rosie. Roy faced the festive season without Hayley and made do with Becky instead. Sarah thought that moving to Italy could be a new start for her, Jason and Bethany but David seethed at the injustice of it all. Over at the Rovers Michelle pretended to be having a good time for the sake of Ryan. The old, docile version with the Munsters' hairdo. Forgotten him already . . .
A whirl of emotions hit the Street as the decade ended. Kevin decided to make a go of things with Molly but on Christmas Day 2009, Sally announced that she had breast cancer. This seemed to act as a wake up call to Kevin but Molly was not happy. There was tension at the Barlows too thanks to the Battle of the Grandads as Ken and George squared up to each other. Nick Tilsley returned, looking at least ten years older than Gail but his arrival is less than popular with Tina. At the Rovers, Steve decided that Amy needed a new brother or sister. Becky wasn't so sure.
By 2011, we were watching the final, self-destuctive Christmas of Becky McDonald plus Steve's engagement to the ever-lovely Our Tracy. Carla and Peter got jiggy amongst the threads and needles of Underworld and there was joy for Chesney and Kay-teh as they arrived home with their new offspring.
God bless them, everyone!
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